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Philly police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who was the subject of threats by Peter Fratus, according to the FBI
City Life

Don’t Abuse Identity Politics to Defend Danielle Outlaw

Right now, I can’t get the words of legendary Black writer and Harlem Renaissance fixture Zora Neale Hurston out of my head: “All my skinfolk […]

screen shots from a video of Ryan Dubiel deploying pepper spray against a Black teen who was just sitting on a step
City Life

White South Jersey Cop Who Casually Pepper-Sprayed Black Teen Is Banned From Holding Any Public Job In the State

Back in June, we told you about Ryan Dubiel, the white Woodlynne police officer who was caught on video pepper-spraying a Black teen who wasn’t […]

sean schellenger and michael white, the man who killed him, who are both the subject of a new documentary by tigre hill
City Life

Tigre Hill’s New Documentary Delves Into Sean Schellenger Killing

There were 351 homicides in Philadelphia in 2018. But none of them was talked about nearly as much as the stabbing death of Philadelphia real […]

City Life

Body-Cam Video of Walter Wallace Jr. Killing Shows How Cops Perpetuate Black Trauma

Walter Wallace Jr. didn’t deserve to die. And new footage further proves it. Beyond these revelations, the world was reminded yet again how ineffective police […]

Former Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting employee Michelle Brown, who has filed a racial discrimination suit against the company
City Life

Michelle Brown Says the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods Was a Horribly Racist Place to Work

As Whole Foods continues to defend itself in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed in 2019 by a longtime manager of the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods, […]

City Life

The Problem With “Feed Fatigue” and Other Excuses White People Make for Remaining Racist

At the start of the summer, white people’s interest in Black Lives Matter grew during the George Floyd protests. But I didn’t believe them. As we […]

south philly roofer nick fugarino screams at a Black man on Monday
City Life

South Philly Roofer Faces Outrage After Telling Black Man to Go Back Where He Came From

Thanks to a partial foot amputation, Stephanie Sena tries to park as close as possible to her home in South Philadelphia. After dropping her daughter […]

south philadelphia's capitolo playground, the site of Allen Mikell's death
City Life

Internet Calls Death at South Philly Playground a Lynching, Relatives of Deceased Say Otherwise

There are two things that everybody agrees on about the death of Allen Mikell. One is that he breathed his final breath at Capitolo Playground […]

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Philly Should Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis — And Then Do Something About it

Crisis is a term we often hear in conversations about things we perceive to be of grave danger to our lives or livelihood. When applied […]

an illustration depicting ben franklin high school's name being changed to malcolm x high school
City Life

Parents, Teachers and Activists Want to Rename These Philly Schools

The Frank Rizzo statue is toast. That Christopher Columbus statue in South Philly would seem to have a similar destiny. So what do we do […]

a photo of raina stewart and the vesper swim club, which she is suing for racial discrimination
City Life

Woman Claims Members-Only Pool in Northern Liberties Discriminates Against Black Applicants

A roundup of Philly news. This article may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Lawsuit Accuses Members-Only Vesper Swim Club in […]

interboro school district board treasurer christine alonso at black lives matter protest in ridley
City Life

School District Board Says It Can’t Remove Embattled Official Christine Alonso

A roundup of Philly news. This article may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Interboro School District Board Says It Can’t […]

City Life

For African Americans and Jewish Americans, the Fight for Justice Is Inextricably Linked

The history of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People finds a common bond between African Americans and Jewish Americans […]

City Life

What a College Trip to Israel Taught Me About Racism and Anti-Semitism

It was billed to me as “the trip of a lifetime.” In the summer of 2012, I received an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel hosted by […]

black in philly
City Life

8 Prominent Philadelphians on What Being Black in Philly Should Look Like

There is a sense — here and elsewhere — that the nationwide protests in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis […]